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rews going to have a hard time cleaning up from it. even though it may not be snowing heading out to work, the roads will still be a very wet mess. this is a wet, heavy snow. shoveling it, that's going to be a back-breaking as well. the storm heads into canada into the morning hours. snow showers will taper on across new england. we're keeping our eye on the next snowstorm, that's most likely moving in friday into saturday. though it's not going to be as heavy. back to you. >> just won't stop. that miserable weather out there, even impacted president obama's return from the midwest. first, his helicopter was grounded, then his road trip back to the white house took three times as long as normal. in wisconsin the president visited three factories in the small town of manitowoc to push his theme from the state of the union address tuesday night. wisconsin is considered a key battleground state in the 2012 race for president. a sobering new study is
calling baby boomers generation alzheimer's. this year more than 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day. scientists now say alzheimer's will strike one of every eight of those. that's about 10 million folks. the study also finds the disease will take a he financial toll, about $20 trillion over the next 40 years. 13 players from the university of iowa's football team are in the hospital, suffering from a rare muscle disorder. it's a stress-induced muscle syndrome that can cause damage to cells and cause kidney failures. in a press conference yesterday doctors said they haven't pinpointed a cause but all players participated in gruelling off-season workouts on the heels of a three-week holiday break. lighter news this morning, our big birthday bash continues as we celebrate 19 years of "world news now." of course, we've been traveling back in time with anchors gone by. >> this morning my, of course, personal favorite, former
co-anchor, jeremy hubbard is joining us live from boston. jeremy, i know you're all bundled up for a live shot for "good morning america" later this morning, so thank you for doing this. >> we lost jeremy. you know, live tv. happens sometimes. that's all right. he's out working hard in the snow. we do have the next best thing. check this out. you remember this from way back when, all the wnn anchors get their own cutout. this is jeremy's. >> it's almost as good as having him here. it's just about the same. he's going to hate we played this footage also because aas anyone who watched the show knows, he went through a drastic weight loss so there was fat jeremy and skinny jeremy. a lot of these videos are from when he was not be very happy as fat jeremy. >> i think he got you a little gift there, too. >> oh, de. i'm so sad he wasn't here to nair indicate but obviously red vel ret cupcakes. we still love you. you're still one of our favorites. we appreciate that he tried to call. >> he did try to call.
these are your favors. we're like red velvet zone. you love this stuff. >> yes. >> he said his favorite moment was vinita polka when you got married. >> that was his favorite moment? >> oh, now you can understand why i would say he was my favorite. his favorite moment has nothing to do with him. easy to work with. >> that is so cool, man. very cool. we'll try to get jeremy later on. of course, he's always here in spirit with us and braving the elements in boston. >> this is the best part of having him. >> and thanks for the grub, jeremy. more "world news now" coming up after this. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses.
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a new count says one in every 12 americans suffer from diabetes. the new estimate says 26 million people have the disease, up 9% since 2008. the increase is linked to america's growing obesity problem and more people are sinkly living longer with the disease. and now to a possible link between breast implants and a rare type of cancer. the fda has even put out a new warning about it. >> our dr. timothy johnson has details. >> reporter: between 5 and 10 million women worldwide have breast implants. and the u.s. food and drug administration announced news that there may be a possible connection between these implants and a very rare form of cancer. so-called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. >> we don't want women to panic, but te-f they are having symptoms they should go see a doctor. >> reporter: the fda discovered a total of 60 women who have either saline or silicone
gel-filled breast implants who suffer from this uncommon form of cancer. sa li saline implants were approved in 2000 and silicone gel-filled returned to the market in 2006. according to the national cancer institute, only one out of 500,000 women in the u.s. have diagnosed with this disease every year. this cancer can appear in various parts of the body, including lymph nodes and skin. >> i want patients with implants to know they have a higher chance of being struck by lightning than they have of getting this disease. >> reporter: the fda says more research is needed and their findings don't require women with breast implants to change their routine medical care at this time. they do, however, recommend women to monitor their implants and report any changes to their doctor. i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> again, this link is not definitive.
the nafda is not recommending those women have implants removed just yet. a note of caution. >> they're saying 60 cases of cancer out of 10 million. the doctor says any change in the look or feel, those are indicators you should have it looked at again. >> good advice. when we come back, meet one of the stars -- or, rather, one of the stars oscar nominated from "true grit". >> just 14 years old and hanging with the hollywood heavyweights.
the popcorn. >> reporter: welcome to the show. congratulations on "true grit." it's amazing to do your first real movie in which -- you may be nominated for a screen actors guild supporting role but i don't know what scene you're not in. tell us, to start us off, who you're playing. who is this character. >> well, maddi ross is a 14-year-old, very independent girl. she is just so determined. she has this drive. that is something that i love about her so much, is that she has that main drive and she has had goal. she tells herself each day she's not going to be happy if she doesn't, you know, reach this goal. >> reporter: what she's after is revenge, isn't she? i mean, her daddy's been killed by mean, old, nasty josh brolin who is known as tom cheney in this movie. but this character has a really assertive personality. she comes at you. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: is that you?
is that what joel and ethan cohen found when they were auditioning? >> when i met the cohen brothers, as you can imagine, the thought of going in -- when i was auditioned i was put on tape twice the first week in january. at that point they told us it would be a month if they were to hear anything at all. five weeks later i got called in to read for joel and ethan. during those five weeks i was still working on the material. so, when i found out that i was, you know, getting -- that i got the call to read for them, i was just really, fruly excited because i was really prepared. i was ready to show them that. but i really think, that you know, i really had this whole vision of the character in my mind. and i just had it all played out in my head. and i think i was able to deliver that when i read for them and they saw that and so, yeah. >> can we depart this afternoon? >> we? you are not going. that is no part of it. >> you have misjudged me if you think i'm silly enough to give you $50 and simply watch you ride off.
i will see the thing done. >> can't go after and a band of hard men. >> i am not a baby. >> won't be stopping at boarding houses where there's warm beds and hot grub on the table. i'll be traveling south, eating light. sleeping going to take place on the ground. >> well, i have slept out in that before. papa did me a little raccoon hunting last summer. we were in the woods all night. we sat around a big fire and told ghost stories. we had a good time. >> this ain't no coon hunt. >> reporter: what about working with these actors you're working with, jeff bridges in the role of rooster cogburn, cranky, talks like this, and matt damon, who is hysterically funny in this movie, too. how do they react? how do you respond to working with them? are you intimidated going in?
>> sure, going into it, yes. but the minute i met them and -- they're all so easy going. i mean, they're -- and they're so professional, you know, they go, they're there to do a job. and just, you know, the thought of -- the fact they're there to do a job and i'm there for the same reason really made me feel at ease. >> reporter: the last question i ask everybody that's on the show is, i ask somebody to do a little bit of a song that means something to them, to sing just a little thing. >> what song? i don't know. >> reporter: even the title. >> the title? i'll give you a title. one of my favorite songs is "man in the mirror" by michael jackson. >> reporter: see? you could have just -- ♪ >> you did it for me. is waiting for you to do it. >> reporter: yours would have been so much better. thank you so much. >> thank you so much, peter. >> apparently when they were shooting the movie -- you know, she's only 13 so she came up with the idea of a swear jar.
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heads up when someone nearby needs help. >> these notifications will only be made in the victim is in a public place and only to potential rescuers that are on the -- in the immediate vicinity of the emergency. >> reporter: as shown in this fire department video of someone in the san ramone valley calls 911 to report a person in cardiac arrest -- an alert will be transmitted to nearby iphone users trained in cpr. using the iphone's gps, the alert will direct the citizen responder to the person in dris tress. it will also transmit the location of the nearby portable defibrillator. >> time is muscle. when somebody has a cardiac arrest, the faster we can get cpr and a defibrillation to their heart, we can save that heart from undergoing further damage. >> we knew this gentlemen was in bad shape -- >> reporter: joe once saved someone's life with his cpr training. a year later, he went into cardiac arrest. >> fortunately, people there knew cpr, performed cpr right
away and paramedics came within five or eight minutes. i next remember waking up in a hospital five days later. >> reporter: while san ramone valley pioneered the technology, other departments around the country are looking at it, too. >> i think it's very cutting edge. i think there's some real challenges to get it spread because there's a lot of data that's local here, for example, where are the defibrillators. >> reporter: at the moment the cpr device is only available on the iphone. but software designers are working to make it available on other devices, like the blackberry and the android. in san ramone, laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> it's interesting because they're saying some of these apps, pocket first aid and cpr app rose after someone used it during the earthquake in haiti. they said they slowly noticed that app, the sales on the uptick. you can imagine once this gets a lot of media, coverage, people will use it. >> there are technological hurdles in trying to make this a
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this morning on "world news now" -- yet another snowstorm is pounding the east coast. it's leaving behind a mix of snow, sleet and rain. and it is not over yet. it's thursday, january 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. what a messy, messy morning. 12 inches of snow here in new york on top of the 36 inches we've already gotten so far. and in case you're not keeping track, there's still two months of winter left. we will have a live report coming up. >> let's all pray for april. you probably also heard about the so-called tiger mom. she wrote a book about her extreme parenting. no play dates, no sleepovers.
it has outraged so many folks, the tiger mom, she's firing back this morning. >> sounds like my childhood, i'll be honest. >> does it really? and jimmy buffett's topple from the stage that landed him in the hospital. we'll have an update in this morning's "skinny." the good news is he's reportedly doing well, even though that footage is quite frightening to see. >> what a nasty fall. we begin with the nasty storm hammering the northeast with up to 2 inches of snow every hour. >> 200,000 customers lost power in the d.c. area alone. thousands of planes were grounded. once again, new england is getting the worst of it. our very favorite jeremy hubbard joins us from just outside of boston. jeremy, finally a worse story to cover other than being on the overnights, right? >> reporter: if that's possible. good morning. through the miracle of modern television we're coming to you live with a little delay from interstate 95 in boston. we'll pan the camera off so you can see live conditions as we speak. it's nearly a whiteout. the roads have not been plowed, at least not right here, at least not recently. the snow is coming down in a
wall for drivers here in this part of the country near boston tonight. they're expecting up to a foot of snow here, on top of the 50 inches they've already had this winter. the snowfall is 270% above average this year in boston alone. they're used to this stuff, but they're not used to it quite like this. it has been a mess. it's going to be a mess again throughout the day here. schools already canceled and plow drivers hard at wok tonight. >> you mentioned schools being canceled yet again. boston has taken a hit so many times this winter, how much school have those kids in beantown missed this winter season? >> reporter: they've already missed four days, which is unprecedented. they're talking about possibly extending school year because of the missed school time. >> quick question, psychological effects here, people not getting sunlight, people using creative methods to deal with all this snow. >> reporter: we talked to a psychologist who says there are the winter blues going around. it's a little different than seasonal effective disorder. that's much more serious.
the winter blues will pass. she had advice. go out, exercise, you have to socialize and brave the weather. >> jeremy, thank you so much, reporting live from boston, massachusetts. we want you to be safe. don't worry, we still have a reminder of you on the set with us. >> reporter: happy birthday "world news now." i wish i was there to celebrate this week. >> liar. >> thanks, jeremy. stay warm and safe, my friend. that snow should begin tapering off early this morning. hopefully leaving cities across the northeast with a very big clean-up job on their hands. >> we turn to accuweather's ava dinges to find out how much will object the ground by the time it's all over. good morning, ava. >> good morning, rob and vinita. in the meteorology land this is what we call a thumping snow, meaning it comes in so quickly that road crews really have a hard time to either prepare for it or clean up after it. that's exactly what's happening right now across the east coast. we've seen a good band of about 6 to 12 inches from d.c. into new jersey. and even new york city just
starting to taper off from that. boston, most of the snow ending after the morning rush. in general we're looking for 8 to 10 inches, philadelphia, and even new york city. some outer suburbs could have up to a foot of snow. this is very heavy snow. unlike some of the past storms we've gotten, more of the powdery stuff. this one is a sloppy mess and back-breaking trying to shovel it out. this storm quickly heading out. this storm will end after the morning hours, heads into canada. a few snow showers left over across southern maine. the thing to keep in mind, we could have more storms on the way. already by this weekend, a clipper will be grazing over the great lakes heading into the northeast. this one not likely to be as heavy but not looking forward to it, nonetheless. back to you. >> thanks a lot, ava. now fort rest of your thursday forecast. warming up a bit with light snow around the upper midwest and the great lakes. up to 2 inches in minneapolis, green bay, chicago and detroit, later on that snow moves into cleveland and buffalo. >> mostly 30s in the northeast and 50s from atlanta to new orleans. 27 in chicago. 39 in kansas city. phoenix gets up to 71 degrees.
sacramento, 51. seattle is 50. all this nasty weather really is a great equalizer and makes life miserable for all of us, including president obama, who returned home from wisconsin yesterday. >> the trip from air force one to the white house would have been too dangerous in a helicopter, so the president had to travel by car through the storm during rush hour. john hendren is joining us with details on the president's trip to wisconsin. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president outlined a sweeping broad agenda and now he's pitching it directly to the american people. president obama is making his case on main street. >> we're going to need to go all in. we're going to need to get serious about winning the future. >> reporter: welcome to the white house to main street tour, where the president made wisconsin his first stop in a nationwide sales trip. pitching the agenda he outlined in his state of the union address. >> we need to get behind innovation. that's how we'll meet the goal i set last night. >> reporter: it's an effort to get the public behind his plan to invest, to spend more on
technology, research and infrastructure. >> america will win the future in this century as we did in the last. >> reporter: he's not alone. >> hey, folks, how are you? great to be with you all. >> reporter: vice president joe biden made his first stop at an indiana batterymaker. >> we can outwork, we can outhustle, we can outthink anybody on the planet. >> reporter: near the vanguard of a group of administration officials sent out from washington to make the case for new investments. they hope to take advantage of a new spirit of cooperation on capitol hill. republicans and democrats sat side by side, no longer divided by the partisan aisle. >> there's a different atmosphere here. with every tragedy comes something good. >> reporter: not so fast, many republicans say. >> when all the applause is over and the speeches are through, the debt is higher. >> reporter: what some call the kum-bi-ya moment may already be over. there's disheartening news on a
problem, a new estimate by congressional budget office finds the federal deficit will hit $1.5 trillion this year, a new record. first lady michelle obama is taking her mission to improve the lives of military families to the oprah winfrey show today. opera asked the first lady about why she is drawn to those who serve our country. >> what has impressed you the most about these families? i know you have met a lot of -- >> yes. >> -- them personally? >> their strength, their pride, their courage, their willingness to sacrifice without complaint moves me every single time. so, whenever i think i -- i'm feeling bad, feeling sorry for myself, i suck it up because of these families. >> mrs. obama adds that it's not always easy reaching out to military families because they simply never ask for help. journalist tom brokaw and bob woodward are joining mrs. obama on today's oprah winfrey show to honor our best and bravest.
this is the next to last day of our celebrating our birthday on "world news now," our 19th birthday, i should say. >> we've been lucky enough to get well wishes from those who have shared these two chairs before. this morning, the one and only anderson cooper shares his fond memories of the early days. >> hey, "world news now," just want to wish you a happy 19th birthday. you're old enough to stay up late, not old enough to drink yet. sorry about that, in this country. when i worked at "world news now," oh, those many, many years ago, we kept thinking we were going to get canceled like any day, so the fact you've reached 19 is extraordinary. we realized we weren't going to get cancelled when we realized no one within abc management actually watches the show. i don't know if that's still the way it is, but i assume it is no matter what they tell you. they don't really watch. it's a great show. and you're all doing a great job. keep at it. and thanks for the memories. >> it's a shame he didn't make more of himself after he left the show. it's kind of disappointing. >> between "ac 360," regis and kelly, the new syndicated talk show and i also heard broadway, he'll be doing broadway soon as
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>> absolutely. and i didn't expect this level of intensity. the book, of course, it's not a how-to guide. it's really about my own journey and transformation as a mother. >> reporter: full disclosure, i was raised by tiger parents who wanted a lot from me and had very high expectations and drove me very hard. and i think i responded in exactly the opposite way. i mean, i was full of insecurity and pressure and self-doubt and it took me years to get over it. my parenting style is quite the opposite of yours, actually, because i adopted almost a full-bore western style of parenting. >> but again, my book is completely sympathetic to that. at the end i'm saying, listen to your child. if they are crying out for you, this isn't working. you have to stop. >> reporter: okay. one of the more controversial excerpts from the book is when you rejected your daughter's mother's day card. how cruel. >> that story has gotten out of control. >> reporter: i have the new york
post article here that your daughter wrote defending you. but let's face it, the card was feeble and i was busted. if i actually tried my best at something, you'd never throw it back in my face. >> never. never. you know, both my daughters know that. that if they really, really put their best effort, then that's good enough for me. >> reporter: so, you're not saying if you don't get an "a," i won't love you? >> are you kidding. i don't care about the "a." it's like, i believe in you so much, i love you more than anything, but i'm going to stick with you. >> reporter: but you're saying in the book repeatedly, a-minus is not acceptable. what does that mean? if it's not -- >> you have to realize the book is a little self-parodying. i experienced that as a kid. >> reporter: and what if one of them came home and said, i want to quit piano or i want to quit violin? >> this happened. i let her quit. i didn't let her quit for a long time, but we had a crisis and at some point i realized she was saying, i'm unhappy. >> reporter: so, whether it's culinary school or -- >> absolutely. >> reporter: -- beauty school, anything that doesn't involve college, you would be okay with
it? >> i would be okay with it. >> reporter: really? >> i believe that i do -- i do believe in excellence or trying for excellence. i do. you know, but i think you can be excellent at anything. >> reporter: what three pieces of advice would you give to a new parent? >> self-question more. i was overconfident. i was, what are all these western parents, you know, so anxious about? just be firm. listen to your child, i would say, you know, you have to know and listen to your child. i wonder if that's what it all comes down to. >> reporter: that sounds like wimpy western parenting to me. >> well, those are the first two things. >> reporter: okay, give me the third then. >> don't assume your child is weak. if you, your parent, assume they can't take anything, what kind of signal are you sending them? my daughter lulu came back with a bad math test when she was about ten. she said, i hate math. i'm bad at math. i didn't accept that. i said, i am making these practice tests. i handwrote them. i drilled them with her for a week. the next test she did really
well. guess what? she decided she didn't hate math. her friends started calling her a math whiz. now math is one of her favorite subjects. >> reporter: you know what's fascinating by this, i don't know whether to be repulsed by that or completely jealous. >> it could be both. >> reporter: maybe it is both. maybe that's why you're getting such a strong reaction. i'm juju chang in new york. >> if you have heard anything about this article, you probably got it e-mailed to you because as soon as it was in the paper -- >> huge. >> -- everyone was talking about it. now the book is climbing on the best seller's list. >> she didn't have anything to do with the article. it is interesting. you say you can relate to this. >> completely relate. i love my mom. i have to say, i'm going to be a tiger mom. but in our house it was as or nothing. i still remember staying up late with my mom and getting quizzed. if she could get halfway through the sentence and i didn't know the answer, i hadn't studied enough. it was an aggressive style of parenting but i like to think it worked. >> man. my parent were happy i didn't drop out. when we come back, it's time for "the skinny." >> news on jimmy buffett. and his rough trip down under. and bristol palin, is she moving to mornings?
and lover flavor flav who opened his own fried chicken restaurant. flavor flav's chicken open in clinton, iowa, this week. the menu -- i saw the menu online. looks good. you can choose between fried and baked. the chicken will be fried and the customers will be baked. ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> oh, yes, you heard it right, flavor flav opened a chicken restaurant in iowa on monday. he said in an interview, i always said to myself, colonel sanders you better watch out. your boy flavor flav is coming you better watch out. so now flavor flav is now in the game. >> i will eat there if i'm ever in the neighborhood. >> good luck with that. some medical news to report in "the skinny." scary video out of sydney, australia. singer jimmy buffet was doing a show in sydney and fell off the stage feet-first. this video is from tmz. he says he's doing okay.
yeah, nasty fall. they say he fell face-first during a performance of "lovely cruise" was bleeding and unconscious for about ten minutes. paramedics came to the scene. jimmy is 64 years old right now. they expect him to be released from the hospital tomorrow. as you can tell from that video, a really nasty fall. apparently he's doing all right. just a little banged up. also a few weeks ago we brought you that story about bret michaels. good news to report. he is going to be released from the hospital. the surgery he had to plug a hole in his heart apparently went very well. they did a procedure called a cardiac catheterization. apparently they expect -- the doctors say he'll be back to normal activity within months -- or within weeks, i should say. he was first hospitalized back in april when he had that near-fatal brain hemorrhage and then suffered a stroke. this procedure was to close the hole in his heart to get him back in shape. good luck to bret and jimmy. here's some news that might lead to you having medical problems. it is that bristol palin could soon be a part of a morning show. >> oh. >> the reports are that an arizona station, if they have
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. secretary janet napolitano will deliver the first state of america's homeland security address. in is-t she's expected to announce the beginning of the phasing out of the color-coded terror warning system. congressional panel, looking into the cause of the 2008 financial cries will release their final report today. and 31 of the chilean miners trapped for 69 days arrive in florida for their six-night vacation at wald disney world. that piano that somehow found its way onto a sand bar in florida. >> we know a lot more about it this morning, including most importantly, how it got there in the first place. our miami station wplg reports. >> reporter: the mysterious
piano on the bay, a castaway baby grand on a biscayne bay sand bar is on the world's radar, in pop culture lore, and not until now has someone claimed responsibility. an independent filmmaker who shots this for another work says he did it, but the real truth, according to these miami teens, who say it was they. >> it was a nice day with we did it. >> we all went out. >> reporter: 16-year-old nicholas herrington, the brain child of it all, has the photos to prove it. >> this was before even christmas. this is when we're moving it to my house. >> reporter: he's moving the piano from his grandma's house to his. a month later at new year's eve -- >> we have a pretty big party. we had over 100 people. >> reporter: with sparklers, for the sake of art, they set it ablaze. >> it looked great. we took some great photos of it. >> definitely really cool shots. >> i've been trying to take -- build up my art portfolio. >> reporter: two days later the teens decided the piano should
be on display, so they hoisted it into their dad's 22 -foot open fibberman. >> the back leg was on this seat and the front two legs were right here. >> reporter: at low tide motored it here. >> because it was a solid surface. it wouldn't float away. >> reporter: hoping that would be the end of story, that the piano on the bay would remain a mystery. no longer. reaction to that filmmaker's claim he did this? >> it's kind of ridiculous. >> what people would do for publicity, who knows. >> reporter: nicholas says he never wanted any publicity, he just wanted to set the record straight. his mom now thinks this would be a great essay on a college application. as for that filmmaker, we put in a call and we still have not heard back. >> that mom has actually gone on to say, she thinks it would be have been cooler had the kids never come forward. she says -- i kind of agree with her -- it would have been cooler if it had been a long mystery. >> keep people guessing. people like that. in a few hours they'll be on
this morning on "world news now," congresswoman giffords' amazing recovery continues as she officially moves to therapy the shooting. it's thursday, january 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. well, it is a big day for congresswoman gabby giffords as she starts rehab. what is in store for her now? as she pulled away from the hospital, you could see her husband there, the astronaut, he gave cameras a thumbs up. obviously, they are very positive about what lies ahead. >> it really is a remarkable story. on top of that, another, another, another massive storm >> six, right? >> yes.
reeking havoc here in the east. thousands of flights have been canceled. that is having a ripple effect around the country. we'll get the latest wintry weather update. bring on spring, please. >> we're nervous when we hear them also, yeah. and later, we are starting a new series this morning called "rob, do my job." so many of you write in about your different overnight shifts, so rob tonight starts off with his own sort of night at the museum. >> you may remember that ben stiller movie back in the day, we had the same experience there in the national history museum but a fun time, nonetheless. other folks pulling the same crazy hours we do. >> we live the name of it. we begin with what doctors are calling the lightning speed recovery of congresswoman gabby giffords. she has already started rehab in houston. >> her doctors say she is showing daily progress in moving and responding to commands. diana alvear is joining us. hi, diana. >> reporter: good morning. doctors removed a tube that had been draining excess fluid from the congresswoman's brain, that
cleared the way for her transfer to a rehab center, where they say they expect her to continue her remarkable progress. >> as i'm speaking here, she's undergoing physical therapy. >> reporter: after her second transfer in less than a week, congresswoman gabrielle giffords is settling in at houston's tirr rehabilitati rehabilitation center. doctors have upgraded her continue from serious to good. >> in terms of recovering for brain issues, this is really at lightning speed. >> reporter: more than 1,000 miles away at the president's state of the union address, giffords' struggle was on his mind. >> as we mark this occasion, we're also mindful of the empty chair in this chamber. we pray for the health of our colleague and our friend, gabby giffords. >> a standing ovation followed. all eyes on the empty seat among the arizona delegation. giffords' colleagues also marked her absence by wearing black and white ribbons.
white for peace, black in memory of those who died in the shootings. giffords' husband wore a ribbon as well. they watched the speech from her hospital room. one of the next steps in her rehab process will be for doctors to put a speaking valve in her breathing tube to help her speak. meanwhile, there is mounting evidence that giffords' accused shooter carefully planned his crime and understood the likely punishment. according to an official familiar with the investigation, loughner used his home computer to browse a website with information about the effects of lethal injection. the source says he appeared to want to know what death by injection felt like. well, we're not even halfway through winter yet and the northeast is already getting slammed with snowstorm number six. up to a foot of snow is coming down from washington, d.c. all the way up to new england, as road crews scramble to clear the streets. many commuters were stuck on the highway for hours, including vinita's sister. hundreds of thousands of people are spending the night without
power. on top of that, thousands of travelers, again, stranded at the airport. all too familiar scene this winter. >> if there's any silver lining in all of this, it's kids getting out of school. a lot of schools across the area closed, of course. >> don't you miss school days? man. for more details on what's in store for major cities, we turn to accuweather's ava dinges. good morning, ava. >> good morning. i think it goes without saying that this winter has been relentless across the northeast coast. just to put it in perspective, now, as of 4 p.m. yesterday, normal snowfall as of this point in the year, about 10 inches. we've already gotten 40 inches and that was before what already fell over the nighttime hours. you put that all into perspective, we have basically gotten three times as much snowfall as we should have at this point. we still have another month or so of snowstorms to come. throughout the next couple of hours, snow is tapering off. new york city getting into 8 to 10 inches. outer suburbs, maybe a foot of snow. that's also a concern in boston. they'll be stuck in the very heavy snow throughout the next couple of hours. road travel is going to be an
absolute mess. i think the airports are going to have a hard time catching up from this, even as we go into thursday. the snow tapers off and heads into canada. but here's looming in the forecast, a new snowstorm on the way. at least a few inch on the radar. the thing to keep in mind, the setup is for more snowstorms to come. back to you. >> thanks. here's a look at the rest of your thursday forecast. about 2 inches of snow around the twin cities, detroit and chicago. moving later into cleveland and buffalo. dry, warm and windy in the southwest with santa ana winds gusting up to 60 miles an hour. >> meanwhile, 61 in sacramento. 44 in salt lake city. 57 in billings. mostly 30s from fargo to kansas city. a snowy 36 here in the big apple. 50 in atlanta. 73 in miami. the wintry weather shortened president obama's wednesday trip to wisconsin but he managed to visit three factories, pushing his state of the union message that the u.s. needs to step up the pace in order to compete and win in the world marketplace. specifically, the president
tauted investing resources and innovation and infrastructure which he says will create jobs. ohio congressman and former presidential candidate dennis kucinich has a beef with the food providers on capitol hill. the democrat is now suing for dental damage after biting down on an olive pit and then cracking a tooth. according to court documents he's now asking for $150,000. a spokesman in his office refused to discuss the matter. it is not often that a 6-year-old boy can brag he saved his mother's life. but this morning that is what ethan can say. those who know him best are calling him a hero. tonya mendes of koat in albuquerque has the details. >> got it? all right. >> reporter: 6-year-old ethan knows what he wants to be when he grows up. >> a fire fighter. >> reporter: but long before ethan grows up, he's already been given the chance to do the job of a first responder. >> i think we have a new member of the team right here in ethan. >> reporter: ethan saved a life.
and that life was his mother. >> what is your emergency? >> my mom is having a heart attack. >> reporter: ethan's mom was lying face down, unresponsive. >> mom, mom. mom. >> reporter: so, ethan did the thing his mother, who has a history of health problems, trained him to do. he called for help. >> my mom teached me how to do it. >> reporter: while 911 operators use technology to find their exact address, ethan was able to help guide them in. >> go turn your lights on and off a bunch of times, okay? >> reporter: and when he flicked the lights off and on, firefighters found the house. >> they're going to help your momma. >> okay. >> okay. >> your mommy is very, very fortunate have to you as her son who cares for her and takes care of her. and you're just an amazing and wonderful little boy. >> i'm very proud.
i highly encourage parents to teach your children. it's very important. you never know what can happen from day to day. >> our thanks to tonya mendes. now to a major upset at australian open. both top seeds are out of there this morning. rafael nadal lost semifinal to fellow spaniard david ferrer. nadal was trying to win his fourth straight grand slam tournament over two seasons. on the women's side, top seed caroline wozniacki lost her match to li na of china. get this, na now becomes the first asian to advance to a major final. must have had a tiger mom. >> such a big loss. in case you're wondering, li na will now meet with kim clijsters. that should be a great match, to say the least. obviously, i like to watch tennis. a great escape did not go quite as planned for a burglary suspect near salt lake city. >> the 20-year-old was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car with he complained he was nauseated and needed some air. when the officer partially
lowered the window, the man somehow unbuckled himself and then climbed out of there. >> oh, look at those injuries. that car was going about 30 miles an hour. amazingly, the suspect only suffered minor injuries and not one broken bone. >> wow. that's a brave dude. i'd rather go to the slammer than face that. >> so he was handcuffed when he jumped out. wow. >> brutal. >> you have to say, very flexible, though. >> he loves his freedom. >> yeah. >> we'll be back with more.
change in the zodiac. >> that has a lot of people freaked out. is it possible i am not a pisces? well, our jeremy hubbard gets to the bottom of it all. >> reporter: this is quite literally a sign of the times when the news broke we've been mistaken about our zodiac signs all along, it made a lot of people furious. >> my little sister, woo, i'm not going to stop being a sagittarius, hell no. >> reporter: could this astrological shift cause a national identity crisis? >> i don't -- i like my sign. i'm cancer. >> i like my sign. >> reporter: blame parke kunkle for this cosmic brouhaha. >> i do care that people use what's real out there. science is about data and about looking at the way things really are. >> reporter: he teaches astronomy, the study of stars and planets in minnesota. two weeks ago he was quoted in an article explaining how the earth wobbles when it orbits. >> so, what we're seeing is the axis pointing around to different parts of the sky and
that's what causes the sun to be in different parts. >> reporter: that means the zodiac calendar, as we know it, has been thrown out of whack by about a month. instead of the 12 signs we're familiar with, there's actually a 13th. those born between november 29th and december 17th are now ophiuchus, the serpent bearer. astronomers have known about it for years. but it was new to those who believe stars and planets have an impact on our lives. scary news. >> this is 3,000-year-old information that periodically comes out in the media. and this time it just went viral. >> reporter: the vitriol has gone viral, too. facebook and twitter exploding with the story. have we been living an astrological lie? there are picses peeved they're now aquarius. capricorns livid at becoming a sagittarius. imagine the confusion this will
cause with that famous pickup line, hey, baby, what's your sign? i sat down with aurora tower, a prominent astrologer in new york. have you gotten calls from your clients, celebrities among them, who said, wait a minute, i'm freaking out. my sign might have changed. >> it was still, wait, am i still my sign? to me that just shows, again, how much people resonate with it because it's shown to be accurate in their lives. >> what sign are you? >> reporter: can you guess? i'm tv, so that might give you some indicator. i like attention. >> leo. >> reporter: she guessed it. are we predictable or what? even for those who are pretty sure reading horoscopes is hocus pocus, it's reassuring to hear astrologers say we can continue to guide on them to guide our careers, live loves. do you know any astrologers that are going to incorporate this new sign into their readings? >> no, i don't think so. you know, the way that astrology has been practiced, it's been practiced for thousands of years so it's really not going to change. >> reporter: the astronomer instructor who started it all
says he's surprised with the size mim rumble he started. >> i had one beautiful woman ask me for my autograph. >> reporter: maybe if he would have read his horoscope, he would have seen this coming. i'm jeremy hubbard in new york. >> still a gemini. i don't care what they say. coming up, we start a brand new series on "world news now.." >> rob is stepping out into a new job where he's still not getting enough sleep. new job where he's still not getting enough sleep.
welcome back. since this show has managed to stay on the air for nearly 20 years, we know there are plenty of you insomniacs. who work some pretty strange hours. >> just like us. so, it's time for me to leave the comfort of this anchor chair to get a different perspective on the late night work force out there. we launch a new series called "rob, do my job" and we begin with special critters right here in manhattan.
>> reporter: oh, yes, life in the american work force. they say, it's a jungle out there. and for john, that couldn't be more true. >> i was just out of school, i got this job. i thought it was going to be maybe for just a year or two, but when i came in here, i liked it, i liked the job, they treat me nice. and i like. i stayed. >> reporter: stayed for 19 years and counting. securing the hauls of the american museum of national history in manhattan. it's more than just what the public sees when they come in? >> that's correct. >> reporter: it's the whole ins and outs of the building. >> we do this job. we know this building. >> reporter: tonight poor john has a rookie on his hands. why don't you give me the key to the safe and i'll be back in a few minutes. no, i'm just kidding. we begin in the nerve center of these 25 interconnected buildings. >> this is sort of our eyes and ears of this museum. >> reporter: on a slow night, which tv gets monday night football? >> no monday night football here. >> reporter: can i get a
flashlight? >> you want to use my flashlight? >> reporter: how -- this is kind of fancy. >> like this. >> reporter: well, some mentor you are. your batteries don't work. >> what about this way? you have a flashlight? oh, there we go. >> reporter: all right. >> yes. >> reporter: we got it. so on and off. >> it's on -- >> reporter: seems a little tricky. all right, all right. i got it. >> ready to go? >> reporter: i'm good. with that our patrol begins. i assume if that guy ever gets out, you're fired. oh, take a picture of me and my teacher, me and mom and dad? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: so, you'll help them out? >> yeah. >> reporter: take a little picture. got you, in front of the bears and all that. like this. having like a jurassic park flashback. tell me a little bit of what we're looking at. >> this center hall that kids like to come. all of the fourth floor is
dinosaurs. >> reporter: now that i've had a little rest, you and me and babar are going to relax. >> all right. >> reporter: now, it's back to work, checking on leaks, cracks, exits. nothing goes unnoticed. >> we check everything. my guys. >> reporter: is it too early to ask for a raise? i'm going to need some more money if i'm going to check everything. john also makes a little time for nostalgia. >> this is the replica of african forest, rain forest. >> reporter: oh, wow. >> yeah, african rain forest. you see, when i work in here, i look at it, i sort of feel back at home. >> reporter: what do you think about when you do your trips? >> i don't think too much. i just sort of try to relax, unwind, you know. it's peaceful here. >> reporter: hollywood, though, took a different spin. ♪
>> reporter: no dead animals or presidents springing to life on john's watch. i saw that movie. it was a little scary. >> yeah, but he understands that that was just a movie. >> reporter: as our shift winds down, john takes us on a little trip through space. >> looking at life for millions of years. it's your own imagination. i sort of ask myself, who was there to count millions of years? so, you know, it's science beyond our imagination. >> reporter: millions of visitors gaze at these marvels every year, marvels that have expanded john's world as well. >> what i didn't learn in school i've learned it here. >> reporter: and you offers this news reporter a little words of support. >> you need to -- have you to listen. >> reporter: so, if i get tired easily and hate people, i probably won't last long here? >> no, somehow, sort of.
>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> this first story is really a service. we're doing a service to someone out there who never ended up getting this very important voice mail. so, before i even tell you what the voice mail was about, what happened is a soldier your overseas in afghanistan gets a phone call about once a month. he dials a phone number he thinks is someone else. take a listen to it. you'll understand what's about to play out. this is the wrong phone number that got this message. >> let me pour out my heart.
i was going to ask you, will you marry me? >> so, basically, there's a proposal on the wrong phone number and the only name in it is samantha. the woman who actually got the message, this is all playing out in the uk, has no idea who poor samantha is. she says as the message continues the guy goes on to say, one of my partners just told me his wife is pregnant. another colleague of mine just passed away, it made me realize how much i love you, let's get married. so, this poor woman who got the message is trying to figure out who samantha is, who the guy is that left the message. so, samantha, if someone in the uk knows of samantha whose boyfriend -- husband, i should say, is trying to serve -- he's trying to propose. >> of all the times to dial the wrong number. >> and he only gets a call once a month. >> and right now he's thinking, she said no. oh, man, that's tough. we all know about the awful drug wars going down in mexico. apparently these guys are getting incredibly brazen and creative in how they're trying to get drugs into the country. the national guard south of arizona near the mexico border, they apparently uncovered these
drug smugglers who had literally put together a metal medieval style catapult to fling drugs over the mexican border into the u.s. they say 45 pounds of marijuana, a sports utility vehicle and this catapult just south of arizona. this was actually video taken by the national guard who said they've never seen anything like this before in their life. that is the lengths they're going to to get drugs into the u.s. medieval catapults. that's -- >> it's kind of funny. >> yeah. >> just say no. if you get those frozen pizzas a lot, you see how they have had the campaign for pizza and breadsticks all in one. look at what's rumored to be the next big thing. pizza and cookies in one or pizza and wings in one? like salty and sweet all in one. >> the pizza and wings sounds good. >> if case you didn't know, digiorno is also owned by nestle cookies so that justifies the potential for having cookies. not sure if it's happening.